ORONO, Maine -- The Thomas College baseball team fell to Division I University of Maine, 8-4, on Wednesday afternoon at Mahaney Diamond.
The Terriers (11-11) overcame a 4-1 deficit, scoring one run in the sixth inning and two runs in the seventh to tie the game at 4-4, but the Black Bears (8-22) scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to lock up the win.
Seniors Anree Benitez (Orlando, Fla. / University) and Nik Beeson (Manchester, N.H. / Trinity) had two hits apiece for Thomas, while Beeson, sophomore Tristan Pena (Portland, Texas / Gregory-Portland) and freshman Zach Mathieu (Oakland, Maine / Messalonskee) each drove in a run.
Sophomore Payton Kennison (Livermore, Maine / Cony), the last of six Terrier pitchers, took the loss.
Brett Chappell led Maine with two RBIs. Connor Johnson earned his second win of the season improving to 2-2.
Thomas jumped to a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first inning. Mathieu reached on a fielder's choice and scored Benitez to give the Terriers a 1-0 lead.
Maine responded in the bottom half of the inning. Colin Ridley doubled to center scoring Danny Casals to tie it at 1-1. Later in the inning, Brenden Geary singled to left center scoring Ridley to give Maine a 2-1 edge.
In the bottom of the third, Chappell doubled to left center driving in two runs, extending the Black Bears' lead to 4-1.
Thomas cut into the Maine lead with a run in the top of the sixth. Beeson opened the frame with an infield single and moved to second when sophomore Michael De Los Santos (Robstown, Texas / Robstown) drew a walk. A sacrifice bunt by senior Joe Quinlan (Westbrook, Maine / Westbrook) moved both runners into scoring position with Beeson scoring on an infield single by Pena to make it 4-2.
In the top of the seventh, Benitez led off the inning with an infield single to third, then ended up at the base after Derek Kane (sr., Natick, Mass. / Natick) doubled down the left-field line. Mathieu followed by hitting into a fielder's choice. He reached on an errant throw to the plate that also allowed Benitez to score and trim Maine's lead to 4-3. The Terriers tied the game after Beeson hit into a double play that allowed Kane to score from third.
Maine responded in the bottom of the eighth with four runs on two hits and three Thomas errors. Brenden Geary singled through the right side of the infield scoring one, giving Maine a 5-4 edge. Jake Osborne later in the inning reached base via fielder's choice and giving Maine a two run cushion, 6-4. Caleb Kerbs hit a sacrifice fly to left field adding to Maine's margin, 7-4. Jeremy Pena gave Maine its final run of the inning off a sacrifice fly hit to center.
Nick Silva came on in the ninth to retire the Terriers in order and preserve the win.
Thomas returns to North Atlantic Conference play this weekend when New England College comes to Waterville for a four-game series. Saturday's doubleheader at H. Allen Ryan Field is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. The series concludes with another doubleheader beginning at noon Sunday.